With their yellow petals blowing in the wind, most of us have seen them in our garden or next to the footpath. Dandelions may be a weed to gardeners, but you shouldn’t underestimate the benefits these plants can bring. They're packed with nutrients meaning they have plenty of vitamins, minerals and fibre. You’ll find vitamins A, C, E, K, some B vitamins including folate (B9), iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and inulin, a type of soluble fibre. It’s not hard to see why herbal medicine practitioners love them!
So, how can these nutrient-rich plant leaves benefit you?
Dandelions are a great way to help you lose weight, detoxify and cleanse your body in a natural, organic way. That’s why we’ve added them to our Beach Body Slim Tea. Each dandelion contains bioactive compounds including chlorogenic acid that may help you lose weight and reduce your level of some fat-storage hormones. A Korean study has even suggested that it may have similar effects on the body than the weight loss medication called Orlistat. This medication works by inhibiting the pancreatic lipase enzyme that is released during digestion to break down fat.
Dandelions may even help you slim down when you’re feeling bloated as research has found that they are a natural diuretic. One study discovered that after just two 1-cup servings of dandelion tea that urine output can be increased. Add to this, dandelion may also relieve constipation. Its roots are rich in inulin which may increase your intestinal movement and act as a prebiotic by supporting healthy gut flora.
You may even find when visiting a naturopath that they may prescribe dandelion as a liver tonic to help you detoxify your liver and improve liver function. A recent study has suggested that polysaccharides in dandelions may indeed be a benefit to your liver health. To complement, its ability to cleanse and detox your body, dandelion leaf can help boost your immune health. Studies have found dandelion may help your body fight infection due to its possible anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. We love how dandelion can gently cleanse and detoxify while boosting your immune system to help you feel healthier and more energised.
The easiest way to enjoy the natural benefits of dandelion leaves is through dandelion tea. Alternatively, you can buy capsules or dried powder. Don’t forget you’ll get all the benefits of dandelion in our organic and natural Beach Body Tea. Who would of thought that those pesky little weeds that make gardeners crazy are full of so much goodness!
Special note: Dandelions can cause allergic reactions, especially to people allergic to ragweed, daisies, chrysanthemums or marigolds. Dandelions can interact with some medications including but limited to lithium, antibiotics, blood thinners, medication to treat blood clots, diuretics, heart or blood pressure medication and sedatives. For this reason, we suggest that you talk to your doctor before using Dandelion to seek medical advice.
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